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Stimuli responsive polymers for biomedical applications

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Abstract

Polymers that can respond to external stimuli are of great interest in medicine, especially as controlled drug release vehicles. In this critical review, we consider the types of stimulus response used in therapeutic applications and the main classes of responsive materials developed to date. Particular emphasis is placed on the wide-ranging possibilities for the biomedical use of these polymers, ranging from drug delivery systems and cell adhesion mediators to controllers of enzyme function and gene expression (134 references).

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Submitted
27 Jul 2004
First published
08 Feb 2005

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005,34, 276-285
Article type
Critical Review

Stimuli responsive polymers for biomedical applications

C. D. L. H. Alarcón, S. Pennadam and C. Alexander, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005, 34, 276 DOI: 10.1039/B406727D

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